Thank you everyone. I honestly didn't think it would be this hard, because we "knew" it was coming.
Lala, I was just naive and didn't know any better...and the sad thing is I really thought I researched a lot, but my "teacher/educator" was a breeder of "straightback/old world/over-sized", GSDs...I do NOT want to turn this into a debate, but most around here would shake their head at those "selling points." And I wish I would have had a better "educator" before I got my boy....now I am surrounded by very knowledgeable people, including some around here, and I shake my head at myself and my naiveté ...it was before I knew about SchH/IPO, working lines/show lines (that were many many lines), reputable breeders, etc...I bought a great story from a "hobby" breeder that did minimum health testing....it's probably the hardest lesson I've ever had to learn. Never again. I know a reputable breeder isn't a guarantee against health problems, but it's a better start than nothing and it's a better start than my guy got.